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  • Criminal Complex Interview: Tom Pluck Will See You In Hell, Evildoers

    Thomas “Tommy Salami” Pluck hit the hardboiled fiction scene online like a Tasmanian Devil a couple of years back, taking a bite out of every venue in reach. I knew him best for his hysterical productivity and...

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  • The Evolution of the Serial Killer

    America has always been crazy about serial killers. They’re our homegrown werewolves. They click with the fast-food car culture that roars in the country’s busy, busy heart. They fit neatly with our cult-of-celebrity-style national mythology. These beasts...

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  • Ripped From The Pages Cinema Roundup – REACHER, ALEX CROSS, PARKER

    You know how it goes with the collective consciousness in Tinseltown. An executive is sitting around the 6th Street Cafe on Montana, and gets an idea. Simultaneously, up PCH in the shower of a Malibu stilt-house, another...

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  • Cult Film Cult Crimes – Rob Zombie and THE LORDS OF SALEM

    Somewhere on the fringe of mainstream film, there’s a frenzied community of artists who illustrate an elemental aspect of crime. They don’t bother with the ticky-tack trivia of the procedural. They don’t focus on the grand fables...

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  • The Crooked Path Of David Ayer To END OF WATCH

    I first heard about David Ayer when my family insisted that I not see his film. This was back in ’01, and the film was a gangland grotesque that was drawing critical buzz like a carcass draws...

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  • Mae Catt – She Likes To Watch Monsters And Men

    On the occasion of the Emmys’ passing, let’s take a step outside the spotlight. I want to lead you to the fringes for a moment. You need to meet an artist who has yet to hold a...

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  • Capitol Crimes – Election Season Crime Media

    What’s the most a criminal’s ever taken from you? Many of you just answered “none” or “not much, but that cell phone had precious memories on it.”  Some thought, “my sense of security.” A few of you...

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  • To Ride Or Not To Ride – SAMCRO & Formulas For The Perfect Crime Story

    Much like most of the civilized world, I knew what yesterday meant: The premiere of Sons of Anarchy, Season 5. I was pretty jazzed. I would DVR that bad bastard and catch it when convenience struck. Or,...

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  • R.J. Ellory, Award-Winning Sock-Puppeteer, and the History of Black Hat Reviewing

    Take an inside line from a pro marketer: All marketing is a scam. That isn’t to say there’s no truth in advertising. Objective facts have their place. But to some extent, you’ve got to lay on the...

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  • Pizza Bomber Mythology and True Crime Film

    To paraphrase the great Michael Keaton, “You want to get nuts, Crime Heads? Let’s get nuts.” By which I mean, of course, let’s talk true crime. Now you may be thinking, “How is non-fiction nuttier than the...

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